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Debra Oswald to present 21st Davitt Awards

Frock (or suit) up and join us for an à la carte dinner as we present Sisters in Crime’s annual Davitt Awards for the best crime books by Australian women published in 2020. Proudly supported by Swinburne University of Technology, Department of Media and Communication This year, our guest is Debra Oswald, award-winning playwright, screenwriter

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Postponed: The past is never dead: Kingston Libraries mystery and mayhem month

Postponed due to Covid. Hauntingly, events of the past can often infiltrate the here-and-now with fatal consequences. Kingston Libraries and Sisters in Crime present newly-minted Melbourne crime novelists Amy Suiter Clarke, Suzanne Frankham and Ruth McIver as they talk to award-winning author Leigh Redhead about such events that refuse to stay dead and buried.  

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Davitt Awards: a (long) shortlist for women’s best crime & mystery books announced

Sisters in Crime Australia has announced a rather long shortlist – 25 – for its 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books by Australian women – nine adult novels, five Young Adult (YA) novels, six children’s novels and five non-fiction books. Twelve books from all categories are competing for the debut award.

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New rules apply! Sisters in Crime’s Annual General Meeting – Carmel Shute (secretary) reports

Sisters in Crime held its much delayed Annual General Meeting yesterday (30 May) by Zoom. Thanks to the pandemic, it has been a long year since its last AGM – 19 months, in fact – but financial members rallied to the call for a big turnout (a quorum of 10%) to pass the new rules

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Women’s crime (writing) spree continues – Davitt Awards longlist announced

Australian women’s crime (writing) spree shows no signs of abating. An astonishing 127 books are competing in Sisters in Crime’s 21st Davitt Awards for the best crime and mystery books – a record equal to 2019. Judging coordinator, Dr Philomena Horsley, couldn’t be more pleased, if somewhat daunted by the prospect of so much reading.

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Witness for the Prosecution: Supporting survivors of sexual assault

Sisters in Crime Australia is again proud to join forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, to present its 15th Law Week event. An expert panel – Louise Milligan, Jane Patrick, Michele Williams QC and Rachel Spencer – will discuss the experience of survivors of sexual assault and their journey through the Australian

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Now online: Witness for the Prosecution: Supporting survivors of sexual assault

Sisters in Crime Australia was again proud to join forces with the Sir Zelman Cowen Centre, Victoria University, to present its 15th Law Week event. An expert panel – Louise Milligan, Jane Patrick, Michele Williams QC and Rachel Spencer –  discuss the experience of survivors of sexual assault and their journey through the Australian legal system and how it make it

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U3A Talk: Carmel Shute – A Life in Crime

For thirty years come September, Sisters in Crime Australia has been celebrating women’s crime writing, running exciting events (mostly in Port Phillip), nurturing authors and having fun. Co-founder Carmel Shute will tell tall tales and true under a grilling from a fellow convenor, Tara Mitchell. Carmel Shute helped found Sisters in Crime Australia in 1991 and has been a

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The Innocents: child victims

All societies profess to love and cherish children, especially for their innocence, but this innocence is often what causes them to become victims of violence and abuse, unable to defend themselves or even speak out. We hope you can join us for our upcoming author panel when our seasoned writers Caroline Overington, Katherine Kovacic and

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Now online: The Innocents: child victims

All societies profess to love and cherish children, especially for their innocence, but this innocence is often what causes them to become victims of violence and abuse, unable to defend themselves or even speak out. Seasoned writers Caroline Overington, Katherine Kovacic and Stella Budrikis discussed these particularly evil crimes with fellow writer Emily Webb.  Click

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